Dubai Design Week places Dubai as a global creative hub

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The activities of the seventh edition of Dubai Design Week, the most prominent creative festival in the region, ended under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority “Dubai Culture”, in a strategic partnership with the Dubai Design District (d3) and the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, and support from ARM Holdings from November 8 to 13, cementing Dubai’s importance as a center for design and creativity in region and beyond.

“The comments and feedback we received from our visitors, exhibitors and partners have been extremely enthusiastic,” said Mette Daine-Christensen, Director of Design Week in Dubai.

From interactive exhibits that revitalized public spaces and encouraged visitors to engage in new discussions, to the many business opportunities for stylists and design brands at Downtown Design, we are pleased to see how the public has reacted tremendously to major mainstream programs. festivals.

Here, we can look forward to seeing the impact the festival will have and the countless ideas that will be explored over the next year, before our next edition opens in November 2022. ”


Downtown Design, the region’s leading exhibition of original and high-quality designs, reopened its doors to visitors in person this year, with more than 150 stylists and design brands.

For his part, Amedeo Scarpa, the Italian Trade Commissioner for the United Arab Emirates, commented on the Italian participation this year: “Downtown Design has once again proven to be an excellent platform for networking and business in the interior design industry.”

Vitra Design Regional Representative Sankar Viswanath, General Manager of Swiss Design and Technology, said: “Design Week was a great opportunity for us to connect with our colleagues and the wider design community. Given the current circumstances, Downtown Design has become an extraordinary platform to re-engage with our former clients. ”

“Downtown Publications”

On the other hand, Downtown Editions, the space dedicated to showcasing limited edition designs and custom innovations, came back to highlight the distinctive creations of stylists and design studios from the region, including: Studio ARE, Studio Faresi and Studio Faresi. “Monochrome” from Emirates; and Georges Gerrara from Lebanon. The work of four stylists participating in the 2021 edition of the Tanween design program presented by Tashkeel in Dubai was also unveiled.

Lisa Pallitschgar, Deputy Director of Tashkeel, said: “For us, Design Week in Dubai is where we launch innovative new work, highlight promising designers, and engage in meaningful conversations with our industry colleagues. Design in the UAE United Arab Emirates and beyond.

“Beirut Shop”

The festival also hosted The Beirut Concept Store curated by Mariana Wahba, who has presented work to over 50 well-known stylists and emerging creative talents in Lebanon. The event also witnessed the establishment of the second edition of the “Exhibition of Designers Living in the Emirates”.

As part of its parent platform, the Global Alumni Exhibition, the second edition of the Alumni Exhibition in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) highlighted more than 60 innovative projects from 78 students from 29 universities in 10 countries in the MENA region. In parallel with Alumni’s personal exhibition in the Middle East and North Africa, the Alumni Global Exhibition, in its online edition, unveiled 150 high-profile projects from 114 universities in 50 countries.

During the festival, 15 installation works were distributed in the outdoor spaces of Dubai Design District, including: The winning work commissioned by “Abwabs” this year, entitled “Nature in Motion” by architect Ahmed Al-Sarabasi.


On the other hand, “City Works”, the annual initiative created with the support of ARM Holding, unveiled the winning proposal in its 2021 edition entitled “Yawla” for Bits to Atoms in Beirut.

Commenting on the success of their participation through the work of Youla installation, Bits2Atoms CEO and founder Guillaume Credos said: “The public call for the Urban Works initiative this year revolved around the idea of ​​repairing the damage caused by the pandemic. in social relations through the concept of play.Accordingly, we developed the work “Youla”, which is inspired by a traditional Emirati dance of the same name.

Al-Ula, one of the most prominent heritage and geological destinations in the world, presented a comprehensive exhibition inspired by the extraordinary rock formations in the desert and mountains of that region in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, designed by GeoForma and Black Engineering.

Design Week in Dubai witnessed the unveiling of a unique creative concept titled “Safifa”, which is the result of a collaboration between Bentley Motors and stylist Hessa Al Suwaidi. In addition to the installation work, the outdoor spaces of the Dubai Design District hosted a number of exhibitions, including: 2040 ».


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